Spelman College in Atlanta is a small liberal arts school whose students are historically black women, many of whom are dependant on scholarships and other financial aid. Though Spelman is small and financial aid opportunities are limited, there are some attractive scholarships available for its students.
Each year, Spelman College selects five entering freshmen for the lucrative Presidential Scholarship. Chosen on the basis of academic merit, leadership qualities, and community service, the five graduating high school seniors bound for Spelman are awarded money to pay for their tuition, fees, and living expenses for four years. Presidential Scholars must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to keep their award.
Each year Spelman awards the Dean’s Scholarship to about 65 students. The award is either partial of full tuition and can be kept for four years. Like the Presidential Scholarship, applicants must have a strong academic record, proven leadership abilities, and a track record of community service. Recipients also must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
This award is given to a first-year student who has a strong academic record and exhibits signs of good citizenship. Financial need is considered, but recipients with a particularly strong record in academics and citizenship who don’t have financial need can also receive the scholarship.
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) helps support 39 historically black colleges around the country. Spelman is a member of the UNCF and its students are eligible to receive financial support from them. UNCF is particularly interested in supporting students with a strong financial disadvantage.
Of course, students at Spelman College are also free to apply for federal, state, local, and private financial aid. There are a limited number of scholarships available through the school itself, so students in need should be sure to apply to as many sources as possible.